Well, I'm still sick! We're coming up on two weeks now, and it's beyond old at this point. Now it appears I've shared the joy with Eric, and we're quite a sight, I tell ya. Fortunately we're well stocked with chicken soup (we made our second giant pot), tea, nyquil (for Eric, I can't stand the stuff), vitamins, tissue, etc. I feel like the holiday season has been stolen from us. I'm so far behind on everything that it looks like everyone will be receiving their gifts late this year. There are worse things though, and I realize things aren't so bad when I see this and this. We are so fortunate that the only problem we had with the storm last week was a few shingles that flew away and a missing garbage lid. I just would not have been able to deal with losing heat on top of being so ill.
We invited some of our good friends over to decorate sugar cookies on Sunday. Even though I felt terrible, I forced myself to do it, and we ended up having a wonderful evening. I made my first gluten free cookies, and they tasted fine, but they were extremely fragile. I made a second batch of dough that I modified a bit. I'm hoping these will be a bit sturdier, although I don't really care too much. I'm just happy to be able to eat some cookies! I went to a local cake decorating shop that is filled with everything you can imagine for baking cakes manufactured from about 1960 on. I could have spent hours in there discovering all the wonderful sprinkles, toppers, sugar flowers, cellophane bags, etc., but I was one a tight schedule. I did manage to gather and array of sprinkles, and it made for a delightful evening.
However, by 8:00 I felt like I had been awake for two days, and I just had to crash. I just can't seem to get enough sleep, and I feel like I'm sleeping right through my favorite time of year!
Tomorrow I HAVE to do some shopping (hopefully the last bit) and get out the last of the packages. Then, I get to focus on my favorite part. No, the shopping is not my favorite: it's the wrapping. I realize I'm a freak, but I am bonkers for fine wrapping paper, and I LOVE, yes, love, gift wrapping. When I was in college, I got a job working at a department store one year where I pre-wrapped perfume for 8 hours every shift. You would think that would lead me to loathe wrapping, but, to the contrary, it gave me an appreciation for the art of gift wrapping, and now I spend to much time and too much money wrapping gifts that I know most don't even notice. No matter though. It makes me happy, and if someone notices and appreciates it, then all the better.
I hope all you fellow Seattlites get heat/electricity as soon as possible.